Rock Bridge just keeps on rolling.
The Bruins (19-3) used solid defense and balanced offense to win their fourth straight, beating Smith Cotton 70-38 on Monday at Rock Bridge.
The Rock Bridge starters contributed 54 points despite not playing most of the fourth quarter. Sophomore Isaiah Warren was the only starter with extensive minutes in the fourth.
The Bruins, who complete a stretch of four games in seven days tonight at Mexico, have been struggling with illness. This prompted coach Jim Scanlon to take out his starters early in the fourth.
The Bruins’ best quarter came in the third. After leading 38-23 at halftime, Rock Bridge outscored the Tigers 23-9 in the third.
Guard Terrell Turner led the Bruins with 15 points. Warren finished with 8.
“I thought Turner had a great game,” Scanlon said. “He was solid and he ran our offense real good.”
The Bruins were also without junior reserve Kyle Lasley who has a knee injury. Scanlon said he was pleased with his bench’s performance despite being short.
The bench had 16 points, nine of which came from senior guard Mitch Erdel.
Accurate 3-point shooting helped the Bruins jump out to a 22-11 lead after the first quarter. Turner and starting guard Alex Austin each had two 3-pointers.
Free-throw shooting also aided the Bruins, who shot 71 percent.
Though the Bruins put up big offensive numbers, Scanlon said the defensive effort was key to the victory.
Rock Bridge held Smith Cotton to 15 points in the second half and three of the Tigers’ starters were held scoreless.
Tigers starting guards Mike Franklin and Troy Hunter combined for 24 points. Forward Richard Curd added eight off the bench.
With a high seed in the district tournament likely, Bruins’ coach Jim Scanlon said his team needs to stay focused on its upcoming games.
“Every chance you got to win a game, you go and compete,” Scanlon said. “We shouldn’t have a focus problem. If you do, you can sit over there on the bench.”
Turner said it can be hard to not look forward to the district tournament, but the team has to be ready until the last game.
“When it all comes down to it, it’s a lock for districts,” Turner said. “But, we have to step up for the last game of the year (Feb. 18) against Helias.”